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The trials and tribulations of a coffee addict

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by CJ, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    I wrote a while ago that Breville replaced my broken referbed grind and brew with a brandy new one. The machine has been solid as a rock. I use a small brush to clear the grinder chute a couple of times a week, and descale monthly. That's it for maintenance. Loading it up with Coffee Bean Direct dark beans from all over the world keeps Maureen and me happy sippers. Just got a Breville food processor from Woot, which is another great machine.
     
  2. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    I'm sticking with push button hi-tech for everyday joe and the French press for iced tea and cold brew.
     
  3. chad

    chad Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    I was considering an Aeropress but the small batch keeps me away. My main cups are 16oz. I don't want to make two batches. So I just don't think it's a good fit at this time.


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  4. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    Well, I have whole beans left from the Breville experiment so I brewed with the Clever this morning. Really good cup. It definitely takes some time but I think I'm going to go back to this method.
     
  5. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    You need to sell the Breville?
     
  6. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    Nah, returned it. I highly recommend Seattle Coffee gear. They let you return used equipment as a standard part of their satisfaction policy. No hassle.
     
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  7. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Active Member Top Poster

    I've still got an Aeropress at work...it rarely gets used now though.
     
  8. chad

    chad Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Plus Gail is a hoot on their YouTube channel.


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  9. Rick C

    Rick C Member

    Made some headway making single cup of coffee using my own coffee. CJ had mentioned using finer grounds. That tip along with a search on line regarding tips using the Keurig filter has done the trick.

    Get a STRONGER Brew From Your My Kcup

    Finally a better single cup of coffee from the Keurig using my beans.
     
  10. chad

    chad Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Picked up an Aeropress yesterday at target. I saw the filters on clearance and got a few extra packs.

    The first cup was beginners luck. It was maybe too strong. The second cup was my favorite. The third - now - is weak. I've going to have to try the inverted method I think to stop it from dripping while the water pours. Too hard to get a consistent amount I think.


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  11. Rick C

    Rick C Member

    IMG_0582.JPG Just finished getting set up for a double barrel roasting setup for the grill. Should allow me to do 3 lbs of coffee roasting in one shot.
     
  12. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I wanted to provide an update. While Seattle Coffee Gear still is super cool, they did charge me $60 restocking fee for returning the Breville. I'm fine with it but I wanted to be transparent.

    Secondly, I went back to my Baratza grinder and clever dripper and the coffee is fantastic. I did buy a new kettle that makes my life easier. Its a goose-neck kettle and it has a really cool feature. Its programmable. You hit the program button and is starts flashing the current time. Use up and down arrows to set the current time. Then just wait a second and it automatically starts flashing the "on" time. Same story, then set the temperature. Whenever its done going through the program cycle, the program light stays on and indicates that it will start at the set "on" time. There is also a 1hr hold temp button and you can use it in conjunction with the program. So every day I come down and the kettle is already heated up and holding temp. After I use it, I just press program and hold and after it flashes through the settings its ready for the next morning.

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  13. Rick C

    Rick C Member

    IMG_3300.JPG IMG_3299.JPG CJ it sounds like you are all set for the morning.

    Here is today's roast using the two baskets

    My wife has really gotten into the cold brew
     
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  14. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

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  15. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    "The grass is greener" syndrome. It's the common malady that drives most upgrades of all types. :)
     
  16. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I wasn't sure if he meant that in that sense or like "food always tests better when someone else cooks it" If he meant the latter, I've always been one with a big enough ego that most of the time I think my cooking tastes better than anyone else. I flat out won't order ribs in a restaurant any more. I suppose I might at like a BBQ place in KC but not at a steakhouse or similar.
     
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  17. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Basically that. There are a number of really good coffee shops i've been to (sac, santa cruz, bay area) and even with their beans at home, its better there, just can't replicate. Maybe its atmosphere, IDK.
     
  18. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    There's only beans, grind, water temp, brew ratio and time. If you're using their beans and assuming they're brewing in a small accepted standard temperature range its got to be either grind, time, or ratio. If they're doing something straight through pour-over that really eliminates time (because your time is now dictated by grind) and you're down to grind and ratio. Play around.
     
  19. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    atmosphere...frame of mind...endorphins
     
  20. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    That assumes the coffee doesn't ACTUALLY test better... I assume Drew has too refined a palate to be so easily fooled.
     

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